UCD School of Music

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Welcome to UCD School of Music

2013/14 will be a very exciting year for our School as we will celebrate the centenary of Music at UCD: in February 1914, the University established a Chair of Music and a Professorship of Irish Music. Several conferences, concerts, a Festschrift, the Larchet Memorial Lecture and other events will be dedicated to this milestone particularly over the course of the second semester; details will be announced on the School pages shortly.

As it enters its second century, the UCD School of Music consolidates its role as one of the country’s leading centres of musical research. It has played a central role in the development of Irish musical scholarship, and has particular strengths in musicology, ethnomusicology and musical analysis. We have over 250 students and six full-time permanent members of staff with wide-ranging research interests: specialisations include music and Irish cultural history, North-Indian sacred music, African-American music, the theory of musical form, Western medieval liturgical chant, and the representation of death in music.

We offer students the chance to study a diverse curriculum in a supportive and friendly environment. Undergraduates can pursue music together with another subject through the BA programme; they can also study for the more specialised BMus degree, entry to which is by entrance test. We also offer three postgraduate programmes: the MMus, the only designated master in musicology in Ireland; the MPhil, a two-year researched degree; and the PhD. The School also has several performing ensembles in which students can participate for credit, including the UCD Symphony Orchestra, which performs annually in the National Concert Hall; the UCD Choral Scholars, who perform throughout Ireland and abroad; and the UCD Philharmonic Choir. This year these ensembles are for the first time joined by the UCD Gamelan Ensemble. This Indonesian orchestra mainly consisting of gongs, xylophones and other metallophones (the first of its kind in the Dublin region) will give students not only a unique opportunity to learn how to perform on these Far-Eastern instruments but also to compose new pieces for it.

Please follow the links above for more information on our undergraduate and graduate programmes, modules, staff profiles, concerts, seminar series and other events. If you have further questions, please contact us on 01 716 8178 or at music@ucd.ie.

Dr Wolfgang Marx
Head of School